Mathematics

Overview

To ensure breadth and depth of understanding in Mathematics, teaching in the department is supported by a detailed programme of study linked to comprehensive textbook schemes at all levels.

Curriculum

Year 7

For the first term of Year 7 students will be taught within tutor groups. During this term, in addition to ensuring a sound basis to his mathematical understanding, two assessments will take place in order to identify the most appropriate set for students to be placed in. From January, Year 7 will be split into upper and lower band groups within each half of the year.

Year 8 and 9

Students in Years 8 and 9 are taught in sets, determined by their performance in regular internal assessments. The most able students in Year 9 follow an accelerated course for IGCSE as detailed below.

Year 10 and 11

To ensure that our curriculum provides opportunities for challenge we follow the Edexcel  Mathematics 9 – 1 IGCSE  course in Year 10 and 11. We continue to teach our students in sets.

In addition, the most able students in Year 9 follow an accelerated course, taking the Edexcel IGCSE examination at the end of Year 11 alongside OCR Additional Mathematics. This is to offer them a greater degree of stimulation, an introduction to important applications of Mathematics and an introduction to Advanced level study.

Trips, activities and clubs

In addition to our teaching, there are a range of opportunities to support the development of Mathematical knowledge including:

  • Junior Maths Club – Maths Masters – This weekly club is for students in Year 7 and 8 who are interested in exploring interesting and challenging mathematical activities and problems. There are opportunities to engage in mathematical games, mathematical trails, and use of ICT to extend an interest in mathematics.
  • Daily Maths Clinic – provides the opportunity for all students to seek individual help and support with the development of mathematical understanding. Students may choose to attend on a regular or occasional basis, or their attendance may be recommended by their mathematics teacher. Whilst the Maths Clinic will be supervised by members of the department, it will be led by members of Sixth Form Mathematics groups as part of their contribution to community service.
  • UKMT Mathematics Challenges – We enter every student in Year 7 and 8, plus the top sets in Year 9 to 11 and our Sixth Form mathematicians into these national mathematics competitions.
  • UKMT Maths Team Challenges – selected students in the Sixth Form will take part in the Senior Team challenge in November, whilst a team comprising of students in Year 8 and 9 will participate in the Team Challenge in April.
  • Hans Woyda Competition – the team for this competition comprises just four mathematicians, chosen from the best in the school – one each from Year 9, 11 and the Lower and Upper Sixths.

Staff

  • Mrs N Bilsby BSc MA (Head of Mathematics and Deputy Head of Sixth Form)
  • Ms R Alcraft BSc MSc
  • Mr J Baldwin BSc (Master in charge of Cricket, Head of Livingstone and Assistant Head of Maths – Lower School)
  • Mrs R Bevington BSc
  • Mr V Broncz BSc
  • Mr J Crowley BEng
  • Ms R Gordon BSc (Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning)
  • Mr A Hon (Deputy Head of Sixth Form)
  • Mr L Watts BSc (Assistant Head – Head of Middle School)
  • Mrs S Wood BSc (part-time)